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AVIR Winter 2012 Newsletter

January 26 2012 by Izzy Ramaswamy
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Donate to The Shari Ullman Scholarship Foundation

January 26 2012 by Izzy Ramaswamy

The Shari Ullman Scholarship Foundation

This is the third year since the AVIR renamed the Gold Medal Lecture in honor of Shari Ullman. After Board approval, the AVIR presented this honor to Shari three years ago and she was really touched. In fact to quote Shar: “this means the world to me.” The first annual Shari Ullman Gold Medal Award was given at our 19th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Unfortunately, Shari past away before she could present the first Gold Medal Award named in her honor. However, Shari’s family was able to attend the first awarding of the Shari Ullman Gold Medal Lecturer Award to Dr. John Aruny. A duplicate crystal was presented to her family, in remembrance of Shari. This year it is being presented to Dr Alan Matsumoto, a great supporter, champion and contributes and helps this organization move forward just as it was meant to be as the “Shari Ullman Gold Medal Award”.
Several of the Past Presidents have suggested that a fitting way to honor Shari’s many contributions to the AVIR would be to set-up a scholarship to be given to a deserving active member to attend the Annual Meeting. Although there is much planning to be done, an initial approach has been suggested. Technologists wanting to participate would submit an essay with specific criteria (topic to be determined) which would be reviewed by a committee. The technologist chosen would have all expenses paid to attend the Annual Meeting. The expenses would include registration to the AVIR Annual meeting, coach airfare and hotel for four nights. Shari Ullman Scholarship Fund had its initial kick-off at the 20th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Many contributors have come forward and we were hoping to be able to start this last year to award this; however the funds in the Foundation would not support that at this time. Please help us fulfill this Scholarship by making your donation. We are super close and with just a little more, next year we can award this scholarship and send our first deserving active member off to New Orleans to the 23nd AVIR Annual Scientific Meeting.

Donations to the Shari Ullman foundation can be directed through the donations tab from the home page. Your support is truly appreciated and tax-deductible.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any AVIR Board member. Thank You.

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